Citing one’s sources is an important part of writing, whether in the interests of journalistic principles or for more humble purposes. There are many different catechisms or official doctrines that you might wish to quote. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is one of the more famous examples, of which there are several versions. How you cite a catechism depends on the specific catechism and the context of your work.
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Follow the specific requirements of the examination body to whom you are submitting an essay, if you are writing a paper for an educational qualification. Ask your teacher or tutor for advice if no formal guidance has been issued to you. Use a citation style of your own preference for catechism if you are asked to use your initiative. Alternatively, refer to any editorial notes provided in an appendix to the catechism, which may include advice on citations.
Use the house style of your publishing body -- such as a newspaper or online commissioning agent -- if your work is intended for publication in the wider media. National newspapers have their own style guides which should be adhered to. Likewise, many online publications (such as Wikipedia) have their own guidelines to protect their established styles.
Comply with established academic protocol in the case of research studies and papers. Bournemouth University, for example, favours Harvard Style. However, how you cite catechism depends on the number of authors of a print book, or the type of publication. The University of Southampton encourages its students to use the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA) regulations for citations.
Follow the advice of Joe Goetz of the University of St. Thomas, Houston, if you are required to -- or wish to -- follow MLA Style. This is the citation method devised by the Modern Language Association. With specific reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Goetz recommends citing the section -- such as “Section Two” or “Paragraph 1” -- rather than the page number. Specify the originating institution, name the document being cited, specify which edition of the catechism you are citing and its year of publication and indicate the publisher. Finally indicate whether the publication was a print version or other media type.
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- The Telegraph: Telegraph Style Book
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- Bournemouth University: How to cite references: BU Harvard
- The University of Southampton: Acknowledging knowledge. An academic guide to knowledge
- University of Saint Thomas: MLA Style -- theology
- Modern Language Association: What is MLA style?